The native Hart’s-Tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium) grows extensively in the South West. Its spores germinate so freely that we consider it a weed at Bocombe, or as is often said “a plant in the wrong place”. Many nurseries sell Hart’s-Tongue fern in their catalogues as a gem fern. Its appearance is quite different to many other native ferns, and easy to grow with high rainfall and humidity!
Tucked away among our thousands of trees is a Hermitage where Simon the Hermits lives. When approached he’s a friendly chap and will cheerfully show you round his Hermitage and adjacent Shell Grotto. Having lived in the valley at Bocombe, as he says “since before time began”, he’s very knowledgeable about the Mystery of St Bocombe, and the rest of the world!
Visit the gardens at Bocombe Mill Cottage to explore what many an Estate owner in the 18th century paid handsomely for – a live Hermit! Check Simon out here,